Bahamas Film Fest Taps 'Total Recall' Writer for Residency Program

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Kurt Wimmer will act as the head mentor for the festival's program.

Kurt Wimmer, the screenwriter behind the recent Total Recall remake as well as Angelina Jolie’s Salt, has been tapped to be the head mentor of the Bahamas International Film Festival’s screenwriters residency program.

The program is returning to the festival after a successful run last year when the program had Vince Gerardis (Games of Thrones) as one of the mentors.

Joining Wimmer is producer Job Polhemus (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic), director Christine Swanson (For the Love of Ruth, To Hell and Back), and Nate Kohn, the producer of Burt Lancaster movie Zulu Dawn who is a professor at the University of Georgia and associate director of the Peabody Awards. Also on the list is Susan Batten, who wrote the Lifetime movie Showing Roots that starred Maggie Grace.

The festival will add to the mentor list in the coming weeks. Aspirants have until September 15 to submit their screenplays for consideration. 

The screenwriting residency program allows screenwriters to be mentored by accomplished professionals over a four-day period in one-on-one meetings and also compete for a cash prize to the first, second and third place winners. The prize is sponsored by Jib Polhemus of Source Management and Production.

On top of the residency, BIFF will also have rountables and workshops for participants and festival guests.

The residency will run December 5 to 8 in Harbour Island, Bahamas, with the festival being held in Nassau December 8 to 11.